It's been just over a year since I discovered the musical oasis Boyles in historic Slane. If it was in walking distance of my house I'd be 'Norm' from Cheers! Here's a little mix of songs from some of the best acts to have played Boyles in the last twelve months.
Wayne Brennan - In My Hands
Wayne was the first established artist I seen live in Boyles. He had just released his debut album 'In My Hands' and played a wonderful gig showcasing his great songwriting, amazing guitar skills and his interpretation of songs like 'Stairway to Heaven' and 'Spanish Caravan'.
The Long Knives - Pheremones
The Long Knives played the most recent 'Live at Boyles' gig in March. Their performance rates as one of the best because they had great songs, fine vocals and a big rock sound. They are playing Boyles again on May 3rd!
Henrietta Game - Berlin
Boyles has almost become the 'home ground' for Henrietta Game. Their performances have been outstanding in Boyles. Catch the band back in Boyles on June 17th where they suport 'Jukebox Gypsy'.
Sean Needham - Hey Juliet
It was a real pleasure to catch Sean's set in Boyles last Summer but it was even better to get to know the guy. Like all Donegal folk Sean is such a genuine guy who's busy in Denmark gigging and promoting his wonderful second album 'Time is a Friend'.
Elder Roche - Flowering Flame
Elder headlined the November sessions gig and was so good Andrew booked him there and then for the Mary Coughlan support in January.
The Whiskey Limbs - Dancing on the Fuse
The Whiskey Limbs played a great set in the sessions gig in January. Not only were their songs great, their sound perfect but also their stage pressence and between song charm. They are also playing Boyles on May 3rd.
Groom - Moving West
Groom played the August sessions night and it was my favourite sets. I love their album released lasy year and the acoustic arrangement on the night gave a different dimension to their indie pop sound.
The Whatmans - Follow Me
I seen The Whatmans play Boyles last Summer to a packed venue. I think every mate and family member arrived to Slane from Navan! While there was potential at that gig the recent performance in Boyles was outstanding. Definately a band to keep an eye out for.
Dayo - Wave after Wave
Dayo is going to release a debut album which is going to be superb. Can't wait to hear it.
Junah - Margin Walking
Junah played a lovely set at our Christmas gig in Boyles. I really love their sound and set-up and is another act whose debut album released this Summer is going to be a joy to hear.
I could have picked out twenty or more outstanding performances. Other notable excellent performances include Van Cleef, Red Queen Contest, Declan DeBarra, Blind Pilots, Miss Paula Flynn, Johnny Murphy, Pete Courtney, Gemma Hayes and Joy Booth.
My Favourite Performance in Boyles last year was for me Kiernan McMullen who played the very first '2UIBestow Sessions/Live at Boyles' gig and did this to a packed crowd of maybe close to 80 people: